We are drowning in it.

These two firefighters had been working on the damaged pipeline that is causing a catastrophic oil spill in China. One fell in to the thick crude and the other jumped in to rescue. One died. The other was pulled to safety.  This photograph was published yesterday in the China Daily.

Apparently Stalin had occasion to suggest that “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” This is only true to the extent that one death can be imagined. Please let’s not fail to imagine this. As, Diane DiPrima, Poet Laureate of San Francisco has written, “the only war that matters is the war against the imagination.”


Remember the Trieste!

Fifty years ago the Trieste and its crew of two, Don Walsh of the US Navy and Jacques Piccard, a Swiss oceanographer, voyaged to the bottom of the sea, the Mariana Trench, in the western Pacific Ocean, 7 miles deep.

Now we are force-fed this notion that we must accept what BP says. They have the equipment, we are told.

Isn’t it time to take a look for ourselves?

Let’s get some cameras and independent observers down there. Let’s look with our own eyes.



Oil in Africa: a Special Report from the Boston Globe December 2005

It has been loosely estimated that oil spilled in the Niger delta each year is equal to the amount spilled in the gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon… well, as it turns out the BP/Oil industry catastrophe may be far worse than was estimated for that comparison. Still, the point remains that Industry impoverishes nations when it can, makes as few rich as possible, destroys the environment, the habitat, the homes of all who had lived there, fruitfully… and makes passing gestures toward stewardship only when threatened with steep financial penalties, but never does Industry actually repair, or replace, or in any manner acknowledge, what it destroys.